Lethbridge City Council on Tuesday voted 6-3 to approve the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Recommendations and Work Plan, along with a one-time budget request of $435,000 to be used during a three-year period.
This Work Plan builds upon Council's existing commitment to Reconciliation as outlined in the Reconciliation Implementation Plan and provides an overall implementation strategy for the 25 recommendations first presented to Council in October 2020. It also aligns with Council's Strategic Plan with deliberate community engagement, development of and leveraging relationships, and enriching the community through diversity, inclusivity and culture.
"This Work Plan has clear, tangible and wide-ranging steps being taken to support Indigenous women, girls and 2SLBGTQQIA+ peoples," says Councillor Belinda Crowson. "This has been a long-time coming and is thanks to the work of many volunteers and groups, including the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee and Sisters in Spirit. I am honoured to bring this forward on their behalf and on behalf of the entire community."
"Today's action demonstrates the City's continued commitment to Reconciliation," says Pam Beebe, Indigenous Relations Coordinator. "It supports the on-going development of the City's relationships with Indigenous peoples, organizations and communities. It ensures adequate resources are aligned to the Recommendations and ensures the City's accountability to the Indigenous community."
Implementation of the MMIWG Work Plan – which includes the creation of Indigenous awareness training for City Staff, an anti-racism campaign and an expansion of employment and economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples – will be managed by Indigenous Relations staff, with the advice and support of Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee (RLAC) and community partners. Funding will come from the Municipal Revenue Stabilization Reserve (MRSR).
The full Work Plan can be viewed here: https://agendas.lethbridge.ca/AgendaOnline/Documents/ViewDocument/ATTACHMENT%201_%20RECCOMENDATIONS_PROPOSED%20WORKPLAN.pdf?meetingId=2899&documentType=Agenda&itemId=73846&publishId=59997&isSection=false